Upgrade Your Home Lighting for Winter Savings

LED lights are the latest and greatest technology in energy efficient lighting. LED light bulbs are extremely energy efficient and use about 85% less energy than either incandescent or halogen bulbs. In addition to saving a lot of electricity, LED lights have a much larger life span than other bulb options. As of right now they are not the standard in lights and lamp fixtures in American households, mostly because they are (or were) so expensive. As prices decline significantly, upgrading to LED lighting makes the most sense and will result in a large savings on your electric bill this winter.

 

LED Lifespan Comparison
While the upfront cost may be a little higher for LED bulbs compared to incandescent, CFL, or halogen, LED bulbs have a lifespan of over twenty years (based on four hours per day usage) and can have a savings of over $150 in replacement bulb and energy savings over the bulb’s lifetime.

Lighting Type

Estimated Lifespan

Incandescent

1,000 Hours

CFL

8,000 – 15,000 Hours

Halogen

1,000 – 5,000 Hours

LED

30,000 – 50,000 Hours

Energy-Efficient Lighting Tips for Ultimate Savings

  • By replacing only 10 incandescent light bulbs in your house with LED energy-savings bulbs, your electricity bill could be reduced by as much as $40 per year.
  • When you replace your incandescent bulbs in recessed/can light fixtures, use energy-saving PAR bulbs to change spotlights and halogens. Excessive heat collection in recessed lights can considerably lower the lifespan of your bulbs. LED bulbs produce significantly less heat than outdated lighting, and therefore can last up to 20 times longer.
  • Consider buying light fixtures designed for LED bulbs. LED compatible fixtures are available in numerous elegant styles and designs; distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures, and some offer useful functions such as dimming.
  • When looking for lighting options, be sure to consider LED lighting strips. These strips are flexible, able to be cut, and sold in long reels (over 16 feet in length). They are great for installing in cove ceilings and for crown/cabinet lighting. Adding accent light features such as the LED strips will lower the chance of needing extra lamps on.
  • Installing occupancy sensors or timer switches both save energy by turning off your lights when they are not being used. By using dimmers, you can save on your energy bill by lowering the light levels. Always choose products that will be compatible with the light bulbs that you want to install.
  • Instead of having to turn on your lights, keeping your curtains and shades open for day light can result in significant energy savings.

While you may spend more upfront initially by upgrading to LED lighting, the energy savings alone will add up quickly, making upgrading a very smart move. LED bulbs are the future of lighting. Governments around the world are passing laws and regulations in order to increase lighting efficiency by banning non-efficient incandescent lights. Incandescent and CFLs will soon become a thing of the past. Start your energy savings this winter by upgrading the lights in your home to LED bulbs for maximum savings.

Liz Ping is a freelancer, a writer, a blogger, and an enthusiastic amateur home stylist. She regularly writes about tips and ideas for lifestyle, home and garden.

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One Response to Upgrade Your Home Lighting for Winter Savings

  1. Interesting post. I actually didn’t know LED lights are so much more efficient than the halogen and CFL. We recently got our home switched to CFL, but it seems we are soon going to switch to LED, hehe. Well, we are going to wait for it a bit longer, until we spend the stocked CFLs and until LED gets even cheaper.

    Nice pic too :)

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